During a recent conversation with District 14 councilman Philip Kingston, he mentioned that The Libertine Bar on Lowest Greenville received a renewal for its specific use permit without any hesitation from neighbors. He later added that although neighbors knew about the renewal, “there was simply no need for discussion,” he says, because neighbors were confident that Libertine was a good business with respectful clientele.
Those who’ve been around Lowest Greenville for a while already know why this is a big deal for the area. For those who need a refresher on the major changes on Lowest Greenville, check out our article from October.
The special use permit (SUP) allows businesses on Lowest Greenville to stay open past midnight. The Libertine, like all businesses on Lowest Greenville, had to go before the city plan commission in order to renew its SUP. During the hearing, neighbors are allowed to speak for or against the business. In this case, no one spoke against Libertine.
Patricia Carr, the president of the Lower Greenville Neighborhood Association (LGNA), says neighbors often hold Libertine up as the “poster child of the perfect business” on Lowest Greenville. After looking at the Libertine’s lease record and code compliance Carr wrote a letter of support from the LGNA to the plan commission.
She pointed out that most of the businesses that have come up for renewal have not had any opposition from neighbors. “We’ve had very few complaints about the businesses down there now because this is what we’ve been working so hard for,” she concludes.
For a more in-depth explanation on SUPs and the changes on Lowest Greenville, read our article from October.
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